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  •          This article is not meant so much to scold as to encourage; which is indeed part of the function of church.  (I Thess. 4:18)  We have been commissioned by Christ to make disciples, baptizing them into the community of believers – his church – and teaching them…
    June 14, 2019
  •            Many find the gospel to be somewhat mysterious and hard to understand.  The reason, in part, can be attributed to the vast gulf that exists between us finite beings and God’s infinite character.  Literally, his “…thoughts are not (our) thoughts,…
    June 7, 2019
  •         This, for me, is one of the Bible’s more reassuring promises.  It is found in one of John’s pastoral letters in which he extensively discusses God’s love for us.  (I John 2) He also discusses – in detail – God’s revelation in Christ and…
    May 31, 2019
  •        The debate between supporters of creation/intelligent design and evolution ebbs and flows, often turning mean-spirited.  Many Christians are reluctant to respond because they feel they have nothing to add to the conversation but ‘The Bible says…’; which doesn’t…
    May 24, 2019
  •    “Stand up, stand up for Jesus, Ye soldiers of the cross.  Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.  From vict’ry unto vict’ry His army shall He lead, ‘Til every foe is conquered and Christ is Lord indeed.”    “Stand up, stand…
    May 17, 2019
  •          The good news of Jesus Christ found in the Gospels is rarely associated with repentance anymore.  It is more often expressed almost exclusively as the overwhelming love, mercy, grace and redemption of God – regardless of our acknowledgement of Him or our response to His…
    May 10, 2019
  •   Last week we looked at how the religious and irreligious alike benefit from exposure to the gospel of Christ, both groups having their lives modified by the principles of virtuous behavior found throughout scripture – most succinctly stated in Matthew 5,6 & 7 along with a few others.   Through…
    May 3, 2019
  •          On a number of occasions, I’ve claimed that in the course of American history, Christian ethics have impacted secular society as well as Christians; and that they had in fact laid the foundation for the development of our democratic ideals.        …
    April 26, 2019
  •         A Barna poll of a few years ago confirms statements by Dave Shiflett in the Wall Street Journal; claiming many Christians no longer feel compelled to convert heathens (or unbelievers) – primarily because they aren’t sure there are any.  (And that trend certainly hasn’t…
    April 19, 2019
  •        So says Jesus concerning the Holy Spirit’s role of revelation in and through the Word.  Yet the world continues to echo Pilate’s question, “What is truth?”  John 18:38  An article appearing in Time magazine titled, “The Lost Gospels”, addressed…
    April 12, 2019
  •         In continuing last week’s discussion as to whether violence is inherent in monotheism – or the belief in a single, supreme god – we must admit that a number of religious inspired actions, past and present, have been perverse and grotesque.  The question being:…
    March 29, 2019
  •         In responding to authors like Mark Juergensmeyer, Regina Schwartz and Sam Harris, atheists who believe virtually every religion tends to violence as a result of their single-minded insistence on ultimate truth – and their possession of it – Paul Copan writes that that claim…
    March 22, 2019
  •         What exactly does being filled with the Spirit mean?  And what evidence is there that we are?  Will we have “supernatural” power, or just behave differently – even act oddly?  There are any number of ideas concerning the consequences of a Spirit-filled…
    March 15, 2019
  •         Envy was considered so prevalent among the inhabitants of the world – as well as the church – that it was included in a list of purportedly seven “deadly” sins, second only to pride1.  (Maybe because they would seem to be so closely related.)       …
    March 8, 2019
  •         Financial “corrections” of the stock markets and the subsequent volatility of the economy occur periodically.  Trade agreements, government policy, corporate practices and union benefits packages all coming under fire during these times of instability, and in truth,…
    March 1, 2019

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Fred Price - married (45 years), father of two grown children, grandfather of six.

Attends First Christian Church in Brazil, Indiana, having served as a Deacon and Discipleship Leader for youth. 

Factory worker with a heart for young people and the challenges they face today, thus his participation in his church and this column.

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